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A waterfront city, Hull is steeped in maritime history. Imagine its seafaring past as you splash in historic squares and explore the cobbled streets of back alley warehouses and old shipping offices, which are now home to the coolest bars. Marvel at the architecture of Hull’s majestic Minster or discover life under the sea at The Deep. With travel times of just over an hour from Leeds and under 2 hours from Manchester, it’s about time you came to visit.
Arriving at Hull Paragon Interchange, you'll have tons of choice for onward travel. For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a Hull Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.50 (£2.30 with a Railcard).
Black cabs are available from the Ferensway side of the station and private cars can drop off and collect passengers from the Anlaby Road side. Car hire is available from a number of different organisations.
Dive into Hull’s iconic aquarium, The Deep, to explore prehistoric seas, tropical lagoons, vast open oceans and the chilly polar realm. Wander over to the Museum Quarter to take a spin around Hull through the ages in the Streetlife Museum or marvel at the giant mammoth at the Hull and East Riding Museum. Ferens Art Gallery not only has one of the finest regional art collections in the country, it has an interactive children’s gallery. A must-see for dinosaur fans, head to Humber Street for Dinostar, Hull’s very own children’s dinosaur museum.
There’s never been a better time to discover the city’s gastronomic delights, with something to suit all tastes, from warm cosy pubs to world-food stalls at Trinity Market. The award-winning Old House by Shoot The Bull is an exciting Gastropub in the oldest domestic building on historical Scale Lane, where you’ll find freshly prepared food, over 20 gins, 40 craft beers and historical surroundings, while a unique beer mat ceiling can be found at The Lion and Key in High Street. From breakfast to dinner, the cool Fruit Market is vibrant and bustling. Grab a window seat at Thieving Harry’s to watch the world (and the boats) go by, indulge the family in pizza and gelato at Bert’sPizzeria or great fish and chips at Humber Fish Co.
A visit to Hull Old Town is a real must. It has museums like the Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology (where you’ll find a life-size woolly mammoth), the Hepworth Arcade (where Marks met Spencer) plus a great collection of brilliant, old pubs. No day out in Hull would be complete without fish and chips, and East Park Chippy is one of the best. Finally, if you're looking to get your culture on, try the Red Gallery - a brilliant independent exhibition space.
For high street brands, restaurants, cinemas, rock climbing, trampolining, bowling and a whole host more, our three city-centre shopping centres have got the lot! There’s St Stephen’s in Ferensway, close to Paragon Interchange and Hull Truck Theatre; Prospect Centre on Prospect Street; and Princes Quay on Princes Dock Street.
Hull is a hot spot for independent retailers, with a range of shops dotted across the city for you to discover. Pop into the Grade II listed Hepworth’s Arcade - built in 1898 - this little gem takes you back in time, with vintage/retro clothes shop Beasley’s, gifts from Roisin Dubh and the brilliant, never-fails-to-bring-a-laugh joke shop, Dinsdale’s.
Humber Street in the Fruit Market is home to many independent shops from a boutique bridal shop to a quirky hairdressers. Check out Form Shop & Studio for beautiful prints and gifts, plant and homestore Plant and Paint and Poorboy Vintage Boutique.
For more ideas on what to do in Hull, check out Visit Hull